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Learn Faster with Pen and Paper

Learn faster with a pen and paper!
Trying to learn something new?  Jot down notes by hand rather than typing them – you’ll pick up on details more quickly and remember them longer.
Here’s why; The physical movements involved in putting pen to paper stimulate the learning centers of the brain, helping you more easily absorb the information, explains study coauthor Anne Mangen, Ph.D. who adds that these same centers are not activated by typing. Plus, writing things down takes longer than typing, which means you are focused on each word longer.
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Foods, Uncategorized

Wild Mushroom Soup

Wild Mushroom Soup


5 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms
5 ounces fresh portobello mushrooms
5 ounces fresh cremini (or porcini) mushrooms
1 tablespoon good olive oil
1/4 pound (1 stick) plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, divided
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1 carrot, chopped
1 sprig fresh thyme plus 1 teaspoon minced thyme leaves, divided
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 cups chopped leeks, white and light green parts (2 leeks)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup half-and-half
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley


Clean the mushrooms by wiping them with a dry paper towel. Don’t wash them! Separate the stems, trim off any bad parts, and coarsely chop the stems. Slice the mushroom caps 1/4-inch thick and, if there are big, cut them into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.

To make the stock, heat the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large pot. Add the chopped mushroom stems, the onion, carrot, the sprig of thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cook over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until the vegetables are soft. Add 6 cups water, bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Strain, reserving the liquid. You should have about 4 1/2 cups of stock. If not, add some water.

Meanwhile, in another large pot, heat the remaining 1/4 pound of butter and add the leeks. Cook over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, until the leeks begin to brown. Add the sliced mushroom caps and cook for 10 minutes, or until they are browned and tender. Add the flour and cook for 1 minute. Add the white wine and stir for another minute, scraping the bottom of the pot. Add the mushroom stock, minced thyme leaves, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the half-and-half, cream, and parsley, season with salt and pepper, to taste, and heat through but do not boil. Serve hot.

Remember: Mushrooms are one of the few foods that prevent Breast Cancer.

Tweek Recipe for you own personal needs.


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Grinch Cookies


Grinch Cookies

Not necessarily healthy but adorable!

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

These Cake Mix Grinch Cookies are so easy and festive they’ll be sure to put you in the holiday mood!


1 box french vanilla cake mix (I used Duncan Hines 16.5 oz)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
green food coloring, 1 drop
Confectioners (powdered) sugar for dusting
Sprinkles or candies, large heart-shaped


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer cream together cake mix, food coloring, oil, and eggs.
  3. Chill the dough for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Drop by Tablespoon into confectioners sugar and roll into balls. **Please see NOTES**
  5. Place on baking sheet and press 1 large heart candy/sprinkle.
  6. Bake for 8 minutes until just set.
  7. Let cool 2 minutes on pan before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.


  • If your cookies are spreading too thin, you can put them back into the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes after  step 4.
  • Some people have reported reducing the oil to 1/3 Cup. I have since tested the recipe 2 more times (once with 1/2 Cup oil, once with 1/3 Cup oil). Results were preferable using 1/2 Cup, but still fine with 1/3 Cup if that’s what you would like to do.
  • My son’s class had a Grinch party at school and we whipped up these cookies in no time. For a Grinchy treat that comes together even more quickly you can pop a bag of popcorn and drizzle it with green chocolate candy melts. Sprinkle it with with heart candy sprinkles and let cool completely before enjoying.

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Original recipe and images © In Katrina’s Kitchen 


Beans; The Magical Food



“Beans: Those important facts to know
I recommend people eat some beans every day.
Not only do they protect against colon cancer,
they stabilize blood sugar and help you feel full.
There are a variety of beans to choose from:
chickpeas, black-eyed peas, black beans, lima beans,
pinto beans, lentils, red kidney beans, cannellini beans and many more.
They can be flavored and spiced in lots of interesting ways.
Add beans to soups, salads, dips, burgers and even spaghetti sauce.
If you use bean from a can, which is fine, please make sure that the beans
are always washed and drained, and cooked before using.
The discard is not good to consume.
Also, the only bean safe for children under the age of 12 (approximately),
are lentils. All other beans need to be washed, and mashed and cooked
before giving to children. Adding tomatoes to the beans while they cook,
is always best, it breaks down the outer coating of a bean which is too rough
on their intestinal tracts.
Remember; having gas is not a normal, natural thing to have. If you experience
gas after consuming beans, your body is telling you that you are having a hard
time digesting them. Try preparing and eating them as the instructions for
children says, never right out of the can.
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Boys and ADHD



Over 20% of our boys have been diagnosed with ADHD!

That is one out of every 5 teenage boys have been prescribed

a drug for ADHD. 42% of boys between the ages of 4 and 17.

Most children diagnosed with ADHD, are showing signs of hyperactivity

from food intake, yet psychiatrist continue to prescribe.

More boys on Medicaid or Childrens Health Aid, are diagnosed

53% more than children with private health care.

Dont let this happen to someone you know.

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Colds and Flu


Cold and Flu Season
With the cold and flu season in full swing, fortification with vitamin C is one of the most effective and potent methods for dodging illness. And yet, this well-known nutrient is often overlooked as an outstanding anti-aging, cancer-destroying, disease-busting and mood-boosting addition to the diet. To encourage health throughout the winter and beyond, consuming foods which naturally supply high levels of vitamin C is a smart move.
Likewise, have a look at the following list from the Global Healing Center which offers further examples of vitamin C-rich foods:
Acerola cherry Broccoli Citrus
Black currant Guava Brussels sprouts Melons Cauliflower Tomatoes Strawberries Red and yellow bell peppers Herbs (cilantro, chives, thyme, basil and parsley) Leafy greens (especially kale, mustard greens, watercress, chard and spinach)
For highest nutritional benefit, always consume organically grown produce and only cook lightly to retain delicate nutrients. Better yet, enjoy fruits and vegetables raw. For herbal teas, try a cold-infusion.
Secondly, we mentioned the other day not to take Motrin/Ibuprofen during the cold and flu season. Most people who take Ibuprofen are more likely to catch something from others. For many more reasons than this, please do not give your children Ibuprofen products. Remember, this was on prescription not that long ago.
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